A study published on Thursday may help resolve what has been a strident debate, showing why many species are vulnerable to the fragmenting of forests while others are not. Animals in places with a long history of disturbances are relatively resilient, the researchers found. Species that have existed in stable habitats for thousands of years are far more sensitive.
“They are taking a new approach on a global scale,” said Anna Hargreaves, an evolutionary ecologist at McGill University in Montreal, said of the scientists. “I find it compelling.”